Winter in San Diego. The Santa Ana winds were blowing; the writers rocking; and the SCWC rolling. With yet another terrific conference weekend behind us, where both emerging and veteran authors could shed their slacks, roll up their sleeves and collectively focus on the most important work, for any writer–writing a good story well told–we did just that. With so many new faces joining our community, it’s easy to forget how overwhelming an SCWC event can be for those fresh to it. Thank you to all the regulars who jumped in, as usual, to guide, facilitate, and nurture, in effort to affirm what we all understand to be true for all writers aspiring to exceptional: quality matters.
Thanks to all SD29 staff authors, editors and agents who shared their time and unique perspectives. Big spoon to our Special Guest Speakers, Bethany Lopez, Raymond Wong, David Putnam and Kathy Aarons. Also to those helping craft our debut StoryCore track, looks like we’ll be doing that again! And to our conferees, thank you for entrusting us with your work and aspirations.
Now to the awards…
The SCWC*SD 29 Award Recipients
OUTSTANDING FICTION (Historical)
by Earl Wooten of View Park, CA
OUTSTANDING FICTION (Romance)
by Marissa Hughes of Irvine, CA
OUTSTANDING FICTION (YA/Fantasy)
by Amy Hopperton of Ramona, CA
Discounted pre-registration for September’s LA13 (in Irvine) is now open. Register by March 1 and knock $125 off the Full Conference. In the interim, those looking to break the cycle of rejection from agents, from editors, or—most importantly—book-buying readers should join us for our 2-day, 3-track Sunriver Writers’ Summit, taking place on the high plateau of Central Oregon, May 2-3, 2015. Limited in size to only 48 participants, it’s hardcore, but isn’t your work worth it?
That’s all for now. Dates for SD30 are Presidents’ Day Weekend, February 12-15, 2016. Pre-registration opens August 1. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and join the lively discussion on our SCWC Facebook wall. Now go forth, write well, and finish what you start.
–Michael Steven Gregory
Executive Director, SCWC